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After Brownsville funeral, remains of slain NYC family taken to NJ for burial

February 19, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A mourner shows a funeral program for Rebecca Cutler and her daughters Ziana and Maiyah after final services at Brooklyn Funeral Home in Brownsville on Friday. Cutler's boyfriend Michael Sykes, also Maiyah's father, has been arrested and charged with the stabbing deaths of Cutler and the children at a New York City hotel that accommodated homeless people. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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The remains of two little girls and their mother, stabbed at a Staten Island hotel, have been taken to New Jersey for burial.

Heartbroken family members bowed their heads as the three white coffins for 26-year-old Rebecca Cutler, 19-month-old Ziana and 4-month-old Maiyah were brought out of a Brooklyn funeral home on Friday.

On Thursday, dozens of mourners, some clutching toys, wept as they packed a service for the mother and children.

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Cutler’s other daughter, 2-year-old Miracle, was critically injured in the Feb. 10 attack at the hotel, which accommodated homeless people.

Cutler’s boyfriend, Michael Sykes, who was Maiyah’s father, has pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

After the attack, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the other 28 families at the hotel were being relocated.


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